Friday, June 7, 2019

Regional Roundup

Pittsburgh Area
- Boxing returned to the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville this past Saturday as Wheeling, WV native Eric Bledsoe improved his record to 7-1-1 and claimed the ABF Colonial Atlantic Super Welterweight title with an 8-round unanimous decision win over Ohio native, Roy Barringer (6-3) in the evening's main event.

In the evenings co-feature, 23-year-old super featherweight prospect, Matt Conway of Pittsburgh improved his unbeaten record to 17-0 while making easy work of Mexico product Francisco Medel by scoring a second-round knockout.

- Ukrainian Lyubumyr Pinchuk (10-1) who now calls Pittsburgh home while training with Michael McSorely Jr. will travel to Detroit this upcoming Friday, June 7 to fight 29-year-old Taylor Duerr (9-0-1) of Detroit for the World Boxing Council United States (USNBC) Cruiserweight title in the main event at the Motor City Casino.

The 22-year-old Pinchuk will also be in action on July 13 when he fights undefeated Sarasota, Fl native Johnnie Langston (7-0) for the ABF Continental Americas Cruiserweight title at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead in suburban Pittsburgh.

Also appearing on the card will be fellow Ukrainian transplant Oleg Dovhun.

Dovhun, 25, who also trains with McSorely Jr. will fight for the ABF Continental Americas Super Bantamweight title against an opponent to be named.

Northeast Ohio
- Cleveland native Willie Nelson, 31, will be back in action after roughly a year and a half layoff from action.  The hard-hitting super welterweight from Cleveland who holds victories over Tony Harrison and Darryl Cunningham will face off against southpaw Ramses Agaton from Mexico in an 8-round matchup in Elkins, West Virginia on June 21st.

Nelson (26-3-1) is back in Youngstown working with Jack Loew at Southside Boxing Club.

- Cleveland native and former Olympian Charles Conwell Jr. will be in action this Saturday at Madison Square Garden on the GGG undercard.

Conwell Jr., 21, is currently undefeated with a 9-0 record as the super welterweight will take on 32-year-old Brooklyn native Courtney Pennington in an 8-round bout for the vacant USBA Super Welterweight title.

-Pro boxing will return to the Cleveland area as the MGM Casino in Northfield will host a pro-am being put on by WFC.

The main event will Antonio Nieves of Cleveland who challenged for a world title 2017.

The 32-year-old Nieves is 18-2-2 and will take on 29-year-old Jose Alfredo Rodriguez from Mexico in an 8-round bantamweight contest.

Also featured on the card will be the pro debut of 25-year-old Ryizeemion Ford of Alliance who will be making his pro debut against Michael Russell, 32, from Bowling Green, OH who will also be making his debut.

Ford and Russell will square off in a 4-round super featherweight contest.

Also featured on the card will be Youngstown State graduate who trained in Youngstown for a bit before returning back to Cleveland, amateur middleweight Brian Sims and former Mount Union football player turned amateur boxer Rockhill Brown of Alliance who is making a name for himself as a hard-hitting heavyweight amateur already capturing a Cleveland Golden Gloves title.

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